August 10, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 14:22-33
When Jesus fed the people, he made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and the cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, “ Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Sharing the Mission
When the disciples were terrified, Jesus immediately responded to them: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Jesus is interested always in trying to lighten our fears. When he comes to us in Holy Communion, he assures us that he is giving us everlasting life. That is a great assurance because the greatest natural fear which we have is the fear of death. Jesus can take care of that greatest natural fear, namely death, and he will also take care of those many other smaller fears which are hidden in our hearts. Some of these fears are known to us, others are not. To us, however, as to the frightened disciples, Jesus keeps saying: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid
(Together) Lord Jesus, in our fears and anxieties, may we always hear you say
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
When have you heard Jesus say to you: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”?
This week reach out to a member who is having some difficulties and lift them up with the offering of courage.